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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 24 32 29 29 114 LA LAKERS 29 22 31 23 105 FINAL


Box Score

PHOENIX (114) AT LA LAKERS (105)

PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCDYESS F 45 15-23 7-11 3 9 12 3 4 5 2 37 MCCLOUD F 19 0-3 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 3 ROBINSON C 37 4-12 4-4 4 8 12 3 5 0 0 12 CHAPMAN G 41 10-18 3-3 2 0 2 4 1 1 3 27 KIDD G 30 5-9 0-0 1 1 2 10 1 1 1 10 BRYANT 16 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 1 0 6 JOHNSON 28 5-7 5-6 0 4 4 8 3 1 4 15 WILLIAMS 17 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 0 0 0 LLAMAS 7 1-1 2-4 0 5 5 0 1 0 3 4 MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION NASH DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-79 24-32 13 32 45 32 25 9 13 114 (.544) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BENNETT F 30 8-15 2-4 6 8 14 0 3 4 0 18 FOX F 30 1-12 2-3 2 3 5 7 5 0 4 4 ONEAL C 36 10-15 4-9 2 5 7 3 5 0 4 24 JONES G 40 5-11 2-2 2 1 3 1 0 2 1 14 FISHER G 21 4-8 2-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 12 VAN EXEL 27 3-11 2-2 1 3 4 7 0 1 0 10 BRYANT 29 2-11 6-8 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 12 CAMPBELL 12 2-5 3-6 2 2 4 1 2 0 1 7 BLOUNT 15 2-4 0-0 5 0 5 0 4 0 0 4 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HORRY DNP - STRAINED LEFT ACHILLES ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-92 23-36 21 24 45 25 22 8 12 105 (.402) (.639) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

PHOENIX 24 32 29 29 - 114 LA LAKERS 29 22 31 23 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON 3, MCDYESS 2, WILLIAMS 2, KIDD, LLAMAS. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, JONES 2, FOX, BRYANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 4-9 (.444), ROBINSON 0-2, CHAPMAN 4-6, JOHNSON 0-1. LA LAKERS 8-22 (.364), FOX 0-2, JONES 2-4, FISHER 2-3, VAN EXEL 2-7, BRYANT 2-6. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH HARRIS. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, DAVID JONES, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,505. T - 2:06.


Agate Box Score

PHOENIX (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 45 15-23 7-11 3-12 3 4 37 Mccloud 19 0-3 3-4 0-1 2 2 3 Robinson 37 4-12 4-4 4-12 3 5 12 Chapman 41 10-18 3-3 2-2 4 1 27 Kidd 30 5-9 0-0 1-2 10 1 10 Bryant 16 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 4 6 Johnson 28 5-7 5-6 0-4 8 3 15 Williams 17 0-2 0-0 2-5 1 4 0 Llamas 7 1-1 2-4 0-5 0 1 4 Milic DNP - coach's decision Nash DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-79 24-32 13-45 32 25 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.544, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Robinson 0-2, Chapman 4-6, Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Robinson 3, Mcdyess 2, Williams 2, Kidd, Llamas). Turnovers: 14 (Johnson 4, Chapman 3, Llamas 3, Mcdyess 2, Kidd). Steals: 9 (Mcdyess 5, Bryant, Chapman, Johnson, Kidd).

LA LAKERS (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bennett 30 8-15 2-4 6-14 0 3 18 Fox 30 1-12 2-3 2-5 7 5 4 Oneal 36 10-15 4-9 2-7 3 5 24 Jones 40 5-11 2-2 2-3 1 0 14 Fisher 21 4-8 2-2 0-1 3 2 12 Van Exel 27 3-11 2-2 1-4 7 0 10 Bryant 29 2-11 6-8 1-2 3 1 12 Campbell 12 2-5 3-6 2-4 1 2 7 Blount 15 2-4 0-0 5-5 0 4 4 Barry DNP - coach's decision Horry DNP - strained left achilles Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-92 23-36 21-45 25 22 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.639. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Fox 0-2, Jones 2-4, Fisher 2-3, Van Exel 2-7, Bryant 2-6). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 3, Jones 2, Fox, Bryant). Turnovers: 12 (Fox 4, Oneal 4, Bryant, Campbell, Fisher, Jones). Steals: 8 (Bennett 4, Jones 2, Bryant, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 24 32 29 29 - 114 La Lakers 29 22 31 23 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Head Coach Harris, 8:08 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:06. Officials: Steve Javie, David Jones, Tony Brothers.


Game Recap

Antonio McDyess scored 16 of his career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter and Rex Chapman added 27 as the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 114-105 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

McDyess grabbed 12 rebounds and Chapman drained all four three-pointers for the Suns, who remained within one-half game of San Antonio for fourth place in the Western Conference and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Phoenix, which owns the league's longest current winning streak, had lost its last five trips to the Great Western Forum since March 1st, 1995.

"We weren't playing very well going into the streak, and we had a little soft spot in our schedule, a couple of sub .500 teams," Chapman said. "We started playing well, and boosted our confidence a little bit and got us some good wins."

Shaquille O'Neal had 24 points and seven rebounds while former Sun Mario Bennett added 18 and 14 for the Lakers, who had their six-game winning streak snapped. Los Angeles, which had won nine of 10 overall against Phoenix, stayed 1 1/2 games behind Seattle for the second-best record in the West and the Pacific Division lead.

"We have to win the next five games and end our season on a positive note," O'Neal said. "Now we just have to start another streak. We would have liked to have won this one tonight, but we got a little flat in the fourth quarter."

The Lakers, who had their 10-game home winning streak snapped, pulled within 72-71 on a three-pointer by Derek Fisher midway through the third quarter. But the Suns reeled off the next nine points.

Chapman buried one of his three three-pointers in the period to spark the spurt before McDyess and Cliff Robinson drained back-to-back jumpers. Jason Kidd hit a fast-break layup to cap the run, building an 81-71 lead with three minutes left in the third.

"I felt we could beat them going into the game, but it was just the point of making it happen," said McDyess, who shot 15-of-23 and made five steals. "Me and Rex came out and added a big boost to this team, knocking down big shots."

Robinson had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Kidd added 10 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which scored 27 points off the break to nine for Los Angeles.

The Lakers fought back late in the third and O'Neal converted a three-point play with half a second left to trim the deficit to 85-82.

But Los Angeles was unable to stop McDyess early in the final period. He scored the Suns' first six points of the quarter, hitting a long jumper to increase the advantage to 91-85 with 9:53 to go. Two and a half minutes later, McDyess sank two free throws to make it 97-89.

O'Neal answered with a bank shot, but the Suns came back as George McCloud drained a jumper and Robinson hit a lay-in for a 101-91 cushion with 6:01 to play. The Lakers responded with an 8-2 spurt, capped by a three-pointer by Van Exel to cut it to 103-99, but Los Angeles got no closer.

McDyess hit a tip-in to give Phoenix a 109-101 lead with 1:37 left, and after O'Neal missed two free throws, Robinson sank a pair from the foul line to push the lead back to double digits.

Kevin Johnson contributed 15 points and eight assists off the bench for the Suns, who shot 54 percent (43-of-76) from the field while holding the Lakers to 40 percent (37-of-92).

Eddie Jones chipped in 14 points and Fisher had 12 for Los Angeles, which made just 23-of-36 free throws (64 percent), including a 4-of-9 effort by O'Neal. Off the bench, Kobe Bryant added 12 points and Van Exel 10, but that duo combined to shoot 5-of-22 from the floor.

"I think we got out of our game and got frustrated," Jones said. "When you do that, sometimes you forget what you have to do. That's what happened. They got open looks and they got transition baskets. They got everything they wanted."

The Lakers were in control early, grabbing a 21-10 lead with 5:19 left in the first quarter on a three-point play by Bennett. The Suns rallied to pull within three on a slam by McDyess, but Corie Blount's dunk with less than a second remaining gave Los Angeles a 29-24 lead.

A three-pointer by Bryant built the Lakers' lead to 40-30 early in the third, but Phoenix grabbed its first lead thanks to a 16-5 run. Chapman sparked that spurt with a jumper and a three-pointer before capping it with a runner and two free throws, giving Phoenix a 46-45 edge.

"I've always said, in order for us to beat good teams in this league we would need a couple of guys shooting the ball like that from the outside," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "McDyess and Chapman shot the ball great. That is what it takes for us to beat these teams."

Two free throws by Fisher put Los Angeles in front, 49-46, but the Suns scored the next 10 points to take the lead for good. Johnson capped that burst with a pair of baskets before a jumper by Elden Campbell pulled the Lakers within 56-51 at halftime.

Phoenix played its first game since learning that Sixth Man of the Year candidate Danny Manning was gone for the season with a knee injury.

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